In recent years Zambales has become a tourist hot spot with the growing popularity of Nagsasa and Anawangin cove. The two sites attract hundreds of campers yearly with their pristine beaches, majestic mountain ranges, lakes and waterfalls. Their proximity to cities like Metro Manila, make them accessible to people seeking a quick weekend vacation without having to spend a lot.
Travelling to the coves from the city of Manila will take 3 hours by land. Several bus liners service the Manila to Iba, Zambales route which passes the town of San Antonio. Nagsasa and Anawangin cove are located in Baranggay Pundaquit in the town of San Antonio, Zambales. This is the jump-off point to Nagsasa and Anawangin coves. Campers must get-off the bus at the town of San Antonio, in front of the Municipal Hall and take a 10 minute tricycle ride to Pundaquit Beach.
To prepare for a camping trip one should list food provisions sufficient for the number of campers and the length of stay at the coves. A few other items to take note of include:
· sleeping bags, beach towels
· flash lights, matches, kerosene, charcoal
· garbage bags, waterproof cover for backpacks
· swim wear, slippers, outdoor footwear, leggings
· suntan lotion, shades, summer hats,
· newspaper, mosquito repellant
· cooking utensils, eating utensils, food containers
· toiletries, dishwashing liquids
· cameras and charged extra batteries
The coves are located in remote underdeveloped mountainous areas of the province where electricity and network signal is not available. Food sources are also scarce. Thus, sufficient food provisions must be bought at the town center. A wet market sits behind the Municipal Hall and this is where campers can purchase their camping provisions before heading-off to Pundaquit beach.
Getting around the town of San Antonio is mainly via tricycle. A traditional 3 wheeled motor vehicle with a galvanized carriage that can accommodate 2-3 passengers on the inside and a third one seated behind the driver. The tricycle drivers busily course through the town in search of passengers and hiring one is easy.
At Pundaquit Beach, campers can hire boatmen to take them to either Nagsasa or Anawangin Cove. On a typical Philippine pump boat, it takes 50 minutes to 1 hour to cover the 42 kilometer distance from Pundaquit Beach to Nagsasa Cove. Whereas, it takes 15 to 20 minutes to cover the 1 kilometer distance between Pundaquit Beach and Anawangin Cove. Many campers flock to Anawangin because of the shorter travel time.
Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove are remote, nearly isolated beaches along the coast of Zambales in Luzon. Established as beach camping sites, there are no commercial hostels available. Also, stores are limited to 3-4 sari-sari (miscellaneous) stalls annexed to the owner’s beach huts. Admission fees are charged at each cove. These fees cover the usage of public bathrooms and fund the maintenance of the campsite. Although, the shower facilities are crude with no light and tiling, they have fresh running water and are cleaned regularly.